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Thailand, Phang Nga, Koh Hong Group: Burgled whilst ashore - February 2014

By SY Piping Shrike — last modified Jul 08, 2014 12:30 PM

Published: 2014-03-04 00:00:00
Topics: Piracy Reports 2014
Countries: Thailand

4 March, 2014

We are reporting on the theft from our yacht “Piping Shrike” at Koh Hong, Phang Nga, Thailand.

While we were in Koh Hong between 9am and 9.40am on 15th February 2014 two local Phang Nga people boarded our yacht, illegally entered through a hatch and stole computer and electronic equipment, money, wallets, purses, backpack, bumbags, phone, passports.

Tour boats and local boats had not started to arrive at the hong and there was another yacht anchored nearby when we went into the hong.

One of the National Park assistants noticed the intruders on our boat but was too late to prevent their escape. However shortly after our return the National Park ranger had organised one boat to give chase, while another came to our boat. I was asked to come with them to identify our property if it could be found.

It appears that the thieves panicked and dumped most of the stolen property in the mangroves on the west side of Phang Nga Bay, but not before they had thrown our passports away and removed credit cards and cash from one of the bags. The Rangers managed to locate the backpack and shoulder bag in the mangroves. Unfortunately all the electronic equipment was ruined. The intruders bag was also found containing a loaded shotgun pistol, shells and sundry items.

The thieves entered through the saloon hatch, which was closed but not locked. We had only been anchored there from mid afternoon the day before and apart from one local selling prawns earlier on the morning of the robbery, no other contact was made (this person and his wife sold us prawns a couple of years previous and was not identified by the park rangers nor was he involved with the robbers who were subsequently arrested)

It appears there are increasing numbers of boat robberies being officially and unofficially reported in this area and local marinas are advising all boat owners to lock boats securely when away from their yachts whilst on anchor.

We would like to add a "warning" about the potential difficulties resulting from robberies – lengthy police interviews (days not hours), interpretation problems, "obviation fees", immigration, visas reissuing, obtaining passports overseas etc. These take up much more time, effort and worry than the original robbery.

 

Mike Fowler and Helen McGivern
SYPiping Shrike

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